Dropped off a dog at his apartment; the owner was happy to see us both and gave me a big hug. I’m sure there are plenty of other professions where your boss affectionately hugs you, but this is the only one I’ve had. I really like my job if you hadn’t noticed.

I had an hour before my next walk–slow summer! It’s all about to change the second Labor Day ends!–so, fuck it, I headed to Sundaes & Cones on 10th Street and got a goddamn ice cream cone at 11:30 in the morning. Hazelnut flavor. Life is so idle and lovely right now. I’m reading Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann and those shrewd, sensuous girls are as relatable as can be. I find myself wishing someone would give me a mink, a diamond, a fancy pied-à-terre. It’s evening now and I’m happy, though, having sparkling wine and sharing the couch with my cat.